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Brevard Cultural Alliance Welcomes New Board Members:

Five Community Leaders Newest Additions to Local Arts Agency

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(From Left: Tom Williamson, Cathy Rodby, Rebecca Shireman, Don Niemann, Jack Kirschenbaum)

MELBOURNE, FL (MARCH 20, 2014) – Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA) is pleased to welcome five new members of the organization’s Board of Directors: Jack Kirschenbaum, Don Niemann, Cathy Rodby, Rebecca Shireman and Tom Williamson. The new members were welcomed at the March 19th BCA Board Meeting at FLORIDA TODAY.

Jack Kirschenbaum is a Senior Partner at Gray|Robinson Attorneys at Law and a highly respected and experienced civil trial lawyer in Brevard County. Jack is a former Chair of the BCA Board and currently serves on the board of the Astronaut Memorial Foundation.

Don Niemann is the Director of Merchandise Buying for Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach. He is a retail industry veteran and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Florida. Don has worked with LEAD Brevard, Project Hunger and has served on the Board of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Cathy Rodby is the Chair of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy Fine Arts Department. She is an award-winning artist and a regular participant in local and national art shows. She holds a Masters Degree in Art from Boston University, as well as a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Florida State University. Cathy is also a member of the Brevard Art Educators Association, the Florida Art Educators Association and the National Art Educators Association.

Rebecca Shireman is the Senior Editor of SpaceCoast Living, SpaceCoast Living HEALTH and SpaceCoast Living HOME magazines. Rebecca is active in the Junior League of South Brevard and Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic, and also serves on the Board of the FIT Women’s Business Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, specializing in magazine journalism.

Tom Williamson is General Manager and Partner at Ocean Partners Associates, which owns and operates five hotels in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. He is the current president of both the Cocoa Beach Area Hotel and Lodging Association and Space Coast Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. In addition to Brevard Cultural Alliance, Tom is a board member of the Space Coast Office of Tourism, Merritt Island High School Hospitality Academy, and Cocoa Beach High School Academy of International Business.

“We are pleased to welcome such a high caliber of community leaders to the BCA Board of Directors,” said BCA Executive Director Neil Levine. “We have significant goals for BCA in the coming months and look forward to Jack, Don, Kathy, Rebecca, and Tom’s contributions to the continued positive impact of Brevard’s arts and cultural sector.”

Media ContactTina Lange; 321-223-1013;

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Request for Proposal;

Public Relations and Strategic Communications Services



About Brevard Cultural Alliance; Brevard Cultural Alliance was founded in 1975 and is designated as Brevard County's local arts agency by the Board of County Commissioners. BCA’s strategic priorities are engagement through education, contributing to cultural destination, and working toward the sustainability of the arts and cultural sector. Brevard Cultural Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency, sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Space Coast Office of Tourism; as well as corporate sponsors, individual members and contributors. Learn more at

The Mission Statement of Brevard Cultural Alliance is; to build and sustain a vibrant and dynamic arts and cultural sector integral to Brevard County's quality of life. 


BCA is requesting proposals from professional firms or individuals to undertake improving public perception and support for the organization.

The successful candidate will provide these services, including the following features and functions:

·         Communications audit

·         Development of key messages

·         Development and delivery of agreed communications plan, including social media and e-marketing 


Subject to satisfactory negotiations of terms, the initial contract will be for a term of 1 year, with renewal periods based upon the agreement of both parties.

Costs for any additional related projects will be addressed on a per-project basis responding to a proposal and cost estimate.


Submissions must include:

·         Describe composition of project team, whom would be performing/supervising the work and their qualifications

·         3 Client references, including contact information and scope of work performed

·         Address responsiveness in terms of day-to-day availability, emergencies, and maintenance protocols

·         Provide hourly rate and estimate of billable hours per month based on information in this RFP


For proposals to be considered, an electronic copy of the proposal OR two (2) paper copies must be received by Neil Levine, Executive Director at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way C-307, Viera, FL 32940, by 4 pm on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.  Electronic copies may be emailed to reserves the right to reject any or all proposals submitted.  BCA reserves the right, where it may serve BCA‘s best interest, to request additional information or clarifications from proposers, or to allow corrections of errors or omissions.  BCA will respond to applicants on December 20, 2013.

The selection awill be made by BCA’s Executive Director. It is anticipated the period of engagement will begin January 1, 2013.

We thank you in advance for attention to our request and the submission of your proposal.


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